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How to get a Rhode Island Motorcycle License

Rhode Island Motorcycle License
  • Rhode Island Motorcycle License Guidelines
  • How to Prepare for the Written Exam
  • Required ID and Paperwork

Rhode Island DMV Motorcycle License Rules

Ready to take your motorcycle on the open road? We'll walk you through the steps to get your Rhode Island motorcycle license with an extra emphasis on safe driving.

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First Time Motorcycle Riders

Under Rhode Island DMV guidelines, anyone who drives a motorcycle must have a Class M motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit. In order to obtain a motorcycle license these steps need to be followed:

  • A motorcycle safety course must be completed. This course is given through the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), with campuses located in Warwick and Lincoln. For more information and how to sign up for this course, please call CCRI.
  • Knight Campus in Warwick - (401) 825-1214.
  • Bring your certificate of completion and your current, valid RI license to any DMV branch during regular business hours.
  • You must hold this permit for a period of thirty (30) days. After the thirty day period is up, you need to return to any branch office with your motorcycle permit and your valid RI license in order to receive your motorcycle license.

If you already hold a motorcycle license in another state and are applying for your Rhode Island license, the DMV will convert your existing license/endorsement to your new license. Applicants must be 16 years of age, pass the motorcycle knowledge test, a sign test and a vision screening. The final step is to pass the motorcycle skills test where you will demonstrate your competency in motorcycle operation.

Required Paperwork

Before you head to the Rhode Island DMV Office, make sure you have the following required documents to get your motorcycle license. Examples include:

  • Birth certificate issued in any state
  • Drivers license or instruction permit issued in another state
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID card (active duty, retired, reserve)
  • Rhode Island ID card
  • Social Security Number, if issued,
  • Documents from a court of record
  • Marriage certificate
  • >

On the Road

Once your licensing requirements have been met, a Class M endorsement will be added to your driver's license. Remember... the safe operation of a motorcycle requires practiced skill, knowledge, and a respectful understanding of the limitations imposed by the operator, the machine, and the environment.

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